The 10 Best Things to do in Tasmania in Summer

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Although beautiful to visit any time of year, there is no denying that the best season to visit the island of Tasmania is through the summer season. With everything open to the public and the weather providing daily sunshine (be prepared for the heat!), there is no better time to see, do and taste everything on offer in Tasmania. So, what are you waiting for! Here are the best things to do in Tasmania in summer!


1. Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Without doubt one of the most popular attractions for visitors is to see the fields of purple lavender come to life in January/February each year. The blooming season brings the entire farm to life in streams of purple, with fun offerings such as lavender ice cream making it even more worth while!

Open Daily 10am – 4pm

Address: 296 Gillespies Rd, Nabowla TAS 7260

Mofo Festival Tasmania via ABC News

2. MONA’s MOFO Festival

If you’re a crowds, music festival, art and food kinda person… then Tassie has SO much to offer in the summer, starting with MONA’s MOFO Festival in January each year. This festival celebrates both traditional art and music artistry, attracting many visitors from out of state each year (so be sure to book ahead!) Other great summer festivals include Taste of Tasmania (Hobart) and Festivale (Launceston). My personal favourite is Festivale in February of each year!

(Image via ABC News)

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3. Swim at the Bay of Fires

For certain one of the most beautiful coastal areas on the island and a personal favourite, you really can’t come to Tasmania in summer without visiting the Bay of Fires! This National Park is a series of beaches that stretches from popular holiday spot Binalong Bay to Eddystone Point. This is a great place to swim in summer, complete with crystal clear waters and squidgy white sand. You can camp almost right on the beach (book in advance) or stay in one of the many nearby holiday homes.

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4. Hike to Freycinet’s Wineglass Bay

Another one of Tasmania’s most known and visited coastal locations is the highly photographed Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park. This idyllic bay is a popular spot for day tourists, as there is no accommodation at the bay itself (stay nearby: Saffire Freycinet). The beauty of this place is its isolation – with the bay a couple of hours walk away from the car park, or the viewpoint just 45 minutes walk away (if you don’t wish to visit the bay itself).

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5. Catch the Ferry to Bruny Island

One of my favourite adventures this year was a visit to Bruny Island (I can’t believe I hadn’t been until this year!) This is one of Tasmania’s most popular outlying islands to visit and it is possible to visit on a day trip from Hobart (drive to Kettering, hop on the ferry and you’ll be there in no time!) If you wish to stay on the island there are a number of accommodation offerings, however due to the popularity in summer I would recommend always booking in advance!

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6. Hike the Three Capes Track

Its official: the Three Capes Track is my new favourite walking trail in Tasmania (previously the Overland Track). The walk takes three nights and is only possible if you book in advance (price includes accommodation, boat tour and National Parks fees). If you’re more of an outdoorsy traveller, this is the best way to see some of Tasmania’s stunning coastline!

Montezuma Falls Tasmania

7. Take a Hike to Montezuma Falls

Although it is tempting to stick to the East Coast’s stunning beaches and sunshine in the summer, I promise you there is much more to discover on the West Coast! Being so remote, the West Coast has much less tourist traffic in the summer and has some great lesser-known attractions to visit, like the stunning Motezuma Falls. The walk takes a few hours or you can cycle in for something a little more adventurous!

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8. Sample Fresh Produce at Salamanca Market

Undeniably the most popular market in all of Tasmania and an attraction in itself, you absolutely must visit Salamanca Market in Hobart if timing your visit on a weekend (the market operates every Saturday of the year). Here you can sample local produce, cheap eats, and pick up a trinket or two to take home.

(Image by Emma Kate Co for World of Wanderlust)

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9. Climb the Stanley Nut

Over on the North West Coast is the beautiful sleepy seaside town of Stanley – best known for “The Nut”, an ancient volcanic rock form that offers great views over the town and ocean. The nut is free to climb, takes only 15-20 minutes up (much shorter going down!) and is a great day trip or even better spot to stay a few days and kick back at a slower pace. Much less tourists visit the North West Coast, so you’ll find it a great place to unwind and get to know the locals.


10. Experience Farm to Table Produce

But of course the best thing of all about visiting Tasmania in summer? The food! Fresh berries are just the start of it – expect world class wine, cheese, and delicious veggies to make it to your plate over the summertime. Many restaurants and cafes support local farmers, so this is a great opportunity to sample farm-to-table eating.

(Image by Emma Kate Co for World of Wanderlust)

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    May Leong
    December 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Enjoy reading your blogposts. Tasmania is such a beautiful place. Just came back from round the island tour in early December. Been to Port Arthur, Tasman Peninsula, Mt Field, Russell Falls,Cradle Mountain, Launceston, Bay of Fire, Bicheno, Wineglass Bay, etc. Absolutely fell in love with the naturally beauty and serenity of Tasmania. The most unforgettable experience for me was watching the little fairy penguins came shore to nest in the evening at Bicheno beach. Will visit Tasmania again, hopefully in the very near future.

    Joy Sheehan
    December 19, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Awesome list! I’ll be visiting Port Arthur, Hobart, and Phillip Island in January! Any recommendations would be great, but I’ll search through your blog more too for ideas. I’ll be working on a cruise ship so I won’t have much time to get past these cities (although we’re overnighting in Hobart twice!) 😀

    December 12, 2016 at 7:14 am

    Tasmania looks like such a wonderful place to live. I will definitely be taking this bucket list with me when I come to visit! Will have to swing into Charlie’s as well! 🙂

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    December 6, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Wow. I loved reading this post of yours. Believe me, I had thoughts running in my head about how I’m going to right away start saving up, while scrolling through this post.

    Linda Langes
    December 6, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    Spent 10 days in Tassie in September and ticked many of these off the list. Had a very chilly swim at The Bay of Fires and as a QLD’er I do mean chilly!! but totally loved it all the same. The sand was so white and the water so turquoise I simply could.not.resist.

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    December 6, 2016 at 5:52 am

    Here Bangladesh too much cold, so we miss summer vacation.

    December 6, 2016 at 4:12 am

    You can hike to the visitor’s platform for a great view over wineglass bay, or tackle the harder (but better views) hike to the top of Mt. Amos. Or if you want to grab a birdseye views, book yourself on a scenic flight from as low as $175 per person (a small price to pay for a million dollar view).

    December 4, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Amazing! Looks great!

    December 2, 2016 at 11:33 pm

    Great picture of nature and the blogger shows the true spirit of wanderlust. Great article to read. Hope for more.

    December 2, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Tasmania looks stunning, I’d love to visit someday.

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    December 2, 2016 at 7:03 am

    What a stunning place to visit!

    Cath Taylor
    December 1, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    Beautiful post, it looks amazing!! Hope to visit one day. Feel free to check out my travel blog too xx

    December 1, 2016 at 9:05 pm

    The nature is just stunning! I wish I could swim at the Bay of Fires, that looks so cool.

    Charmaine Ng
    December 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    I went to a lavendar farm in England and it was nowhere as beautiful! Maybe I didn’t go during peak time. I’d love to try farm to table dining!
    – Charmaine

    Carrie // Look at the World Around You
    December 1, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    So beautiful! The lavendar fields look amazing!

    December 1, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I’m heading to Tassie this weekend for the first time to celebrate my birthday and I can’t wait! xx

    Rosie Jones
    December 1, 2016 at 7:34 am

    Sorry I saw it did get a mention! Hoping to visit Charlie’s this summer! Looks amazing xx

    Rosie Jones
    December 1, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Great article! I think the Taste of Tasmania is also an amazing time to be in Hobart where the yachts from the Sydney to Hobart yacht race trail in. As a local, it’s my favourite time of year!